Assisting Victims of Car Accidents at Chicago Intersections
Motor vehicle drivers have a legal duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe, careful, and prudent manner. This duty also extends to driving through Chicago traffic intersections. Specifically, under the Illinois Vehicle Code, when two cars enter a traffic intersection from different roadways at approximately the same time, the vehicle on the left is required to yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. Violating this traffic law and similar traffic regulations can potentially lead to serious, multi-vehicle collisions.
Intersection car accidents come in many forms, ranging from rear end accidents to head-on collisions. No matter the circumstances, Chicago intersection car accidents can result in serious personal injuries, some of which may be permanent and lifelong.
If you have sustained personal injuries in a Chicago intersection car accident that resulted from another driver’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to recover money compensation under the law. The Chicago car accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. understand that intersection accidents can result in serious injuries. Our attorneys can meet with you to discuss the facts and circumstances of your accident, file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf, negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and litigate your case through the Illinois court system if necessary.
Types of Intersection Car Accidents
Car accidents at traffic intersections can occur for a variety of reasons. Some potential causes of these traffic intersection accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way on a flashing red or yellow light
- Failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a Chicago Transit Authority bus or other municipal or city bus that is merging into the driver’s travel lane
- Failing to yield the right-of way to an emergency vehicle, such as a police car, fire truck, or ambulance
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is lawfully present in a traffic intersection
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to children in a school zone
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that is in the process of exiting a parking space, garage, or alleyway
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist who is present in a designated bicycle lane
A Chicago car accident attorney can review the police report and any witness statements in your case to determine whether or not a particular driver holds liability.
Violating Intersection Traffic Laws and Rules of the Road
In the personal injury context, “liability” means the same thing as fault. When motor vehicle drivers violate traffic laws at intersections or fail to operate their vehicles in a reasonable and safe manner under existing circumstances, serious car accidents and injuries can result.
An injured car accident victim must be able to show that the other driver failed to yield the right-of-way at a traffic intersection by violating a traffic law or rule of the road, thereby breaching the standard of care and resulting in harmful injuries and damages. The injured accident victim must also be able to show that the injuries and damages were a direct result of the car accident, as opposed to prior injuries, prior accidents, or preexisting medical conditions.
Compensable injuries may take a variety of forms, some of which may be permanent in nature. Some examples of permanent injuries sustained in intersection car accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), scarring, fractures, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis.
Medical Experts, Vocational Rehabilitation Experts, and Economists
At trial, the injured accident victim is responsible for proving injuries and damages by introducing different types of evidence - such as medical records and other injury-related expenses. Medical professionals can also testify to a plaintiff’s injuries, treatments received, and limitations due to the injuries.
The accident victim’s medical expert will usually need to testify at deposition or trial about the reasonableness and appropriateness of the medical treatment rendered and the costs of treatment. Vocational experts may report on loss of earnings or future earning capacity and may be supplemented by an economist.
A Chicago intersection car accident lawyer may be able to help you retain the necessary experts to prove your injuries and damages.
Maximizing the Value of a Car Accident Claim
It is most important that Chicago intersection accident victims seek medical treatment as soon as they can at an emergency room or urgent care. Signs and symptoms of injuries often do not show up until well after an accident occurs, and it is best to undergo a medical examination as soon as possible after an intersection accident.
When car accident victims delay their medical treatment, it could negatively affect personal injury claims filed after the accident. In the minds of insurance adjusters, failing to seek same-day medical treatment demonstrates that the accident victim was not all that seriously injured or did not care enough about his or her injuries to seek immediate medical care and treatment following the accident. In addition to seeking initial medical care, it is important for Chicago car accident victims to:
- Treat conservatively for all injuries
- Follow through with all health care providers’ treatment recommendations
- Be clear, concise, and accurate about symptoms in response to a healthcare provider’s questions
Injured car accident victims should also plan to attend all scheduled medical appointments, to arrive on time for those appointments, and to stay for the entire allotted time. If an insurance adjuster notices missed appointments or long gaps in treatment, those deficiencies will reflect negatively on the potential settlement or verdict value of the personal injury case.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago intersection accident, a personal injury lawyer can streamline your case and may be able to bring it to a favorable resolution via settlement, mediation award, arbitration award, or jury verdict. You should feel free to call the Chicago car accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. to find out how they can help you.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Chicago, Illinois car accident attorney, please call us today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.